Transgender survey is most complete ever

We now know more about transgender people than we ever have.

On Dec. 8, 2016, the National Center for Transgender Equality reported results from its survey of nearly 28,000 trans and nonbinary people.

The U.S. Trans Survey report runs to more than 300 pages. A Michigan State University journalism class that is just completing its 12th Bias Busters guide, “100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity,” will incorporate some of this data, released just hours before the final class meeting.

According to the report’s executive report, “The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination and startling disparities between transgender people in the survey and the U.S. population when it comes to the most basic elements of life, such as finding a job, having a place to live, accessing medical care, and enjoying the support of family and community. Survey respondents also experienced harassment and violence at alarmingly high rates.”

Areas covered in the report include family Life, faith, identity documents, health, work, school, military service, housing, harassment and violence.

About Joe Grimm

Joe Grimm has been visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism since 2008. He teaches courses in reporting, editing, career branding and is editor of a series of books called Bias Busters.
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